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2012: Rural Parliaments in Europe

The Scottish Government has pledged to take forward proposals for a Rural Parliament.

The Rural Policy Centre carried out a study on the Scottish Government’s behalf, looking at Europe’s existing Rural Parliaments. The aim of the study was to ‘enhance understanding of how and why Rural Parliaments operate, and the outcomes they generate, through examining international examples’.

Rural Parliaments in Sweden, the Netherlands, Estonia, (Swedish-speaking) Finland, Hungary and Slovakia were analysed.

The findings of the study have been published in this new report available in the downloads section, additionally a follow-on report was also written identifying the next steps towards the establishment of a Rural Parliament in Scotland, this is also available below.

Download the Report

Rural Parliaments in Europe

Rural Parliament Next Steps Study

Dr Jane Atterton

Rural Policy Centre Manager and Policy Researcher

Address: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 0131 535 4256

Fax: 0131 535 4345

E-mail: jane.atterton@sruc.ac.uk

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